Research report 2005 - Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Pattern Formation in Biophysics
Luther, Stefan; Beta, Carsten; Bodenschatz, Eberhard
Hydrodynamik, Strukturbildung und Nanobiokomplexität (Prof. Dr. Eberhard Bodenschatz)
MPI für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation, Göttingen
SummaryThe mechanisms of spatiotemporal pattern formation in biology and medicine is key to the understanding of living matter from cell to organs. The phenomenon of self-organization is observed in the chemotactic motion of cells forming complex behavior and structures. On an organ level, the nonlinear interaction of cardiac cells is evident in the transition from periodic heart rhythm to spatiotemporal chaos associated with sudden cardiac death. We describe our experimental and numerical approach to gain further understanding of these biophysical systems.